Past Symposia

SYMPOSIUM 17

The 17th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium was held on the 26-28th of October 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana. It was jointly convened by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and the University of Botswana (UB). The Okavango Research Institute based in Maun Botswana, provided leadership on the implementation of the programme on behalf of the UB. The theme for Symposium 17 was Integrated Water Resources Management: Water Security, Sustainability & Development in Eastern & Southern Africa.

The 17th WaterNet Symposium attracted participants from some twenty-four different countries, namely; Botswana, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Netherlands, Canada China, France, USA, Ethiopia, Sweden, Uganda, Zambia, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mauritius. The Symposium was attended by over 300 participants and papers were presented in the various sub themes of the symposium; Hydrology and Global Change; Water, Land and Agriculture; Water and Environment; Water and Society; Water Resources and Infrastructure Management and Sustainable Water Distribution and Sanitation. Some more than 141 papers were presented during this symposium,

Official Opening

The event was officially opened by the Botswana Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, Hon. Prince Maele. The Minister said the presentations based on research to be presented over the three day period would become handy in the formulation of strategies to address water problems in eastern and southern Africa. The Minister expressed his confidence that the presentations will provide a good platform for identifying solutions to regional water issues, gaps and priorities. He said the symposium would deliver some meaningful and practical recommendations for consideration by relevant water sector institutions in eastern and southern Africa in order to ensure water security.

AfriAlliance Innovative Bridge Event

During the 17th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWPSA Symposium, WaterNet jointly with consortium partners convened the first innovation bridge event (IBE) of European Commission funded AfriAlliance project under the Framework of Horizon 2020. This is a five year project whose overall objective is to establish mechanisms for African and European stake-holders to work together in the areas of water innovation, research, policy and capacity development in order to enhance the preparedness of Africa for future Climate Change challenges. The IBE was officially launched by the Botswana Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, Hon. Prince Maele.

The IBE was staged in two sessions comprised of an exhibition done on 26 October 2016 focussing on innovations in water and climate change. The second session was held on 27 October 2016 as a dialogue entitled 'Bridging the gap between innovators, industry, funding partners & policy makers'. This included policy discourses and group discussions. The discussions focussed on knowledge transfers between innovators, industry, funding partners & policy makers, the challenges being faced and the possible solutions to these problems.

The Welcome Cocktail

The evening of Wednesday, 26th October 2016 was reserved for a special welcome Cocktail for all delegates. The successful event was hosted by the Local Organizing Committee.

Official closing

The official closing ceremony of Symposium 18 took place on 28 October 2016

16th SYMPOSIUM

The 16th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium was held in Mauritius on the 28th to 30th October 2015. The University of Mauritius, through the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Ocean Studies, hosted the symposium. The theme for the 16th WaterNet conference was “Integrated Water Resources Management and Infrastructural Planning for Water Security in Eastern and Southern Africa.”

The 16th WaterNet Symposium attracted participants from some twenty different countries, namely; Botswana, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Netherlands, China, Sweden, Uganda, Zambia, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mauritius. The Symposium was attended by over 250 participants and papers were presented in the various sub themes of the symposium; Hydrology and Global Change; Water, Land and Agriculture; Water and Environment; Water and Society; Water Resources and Infrastructure Management and Sustainable Water Distribution and Sanitation. Some more than 120 papers were presented during this symposium, and the importance of networking in the region and at international level was constantly highlighted.

Official Opening

The event was officially opened by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Mr Preeaduth Chitamun. Mr Chitamun highlighted that at this present juncture, in the history of the world, when climatic conditions are so drastically changing, when weather and climatic forecasts, both short term and long term, are becoming so extremely difficult, when droughts and rainfall may occur in least expected regions due to changes in the rain cycle patterns, the need arises for organisations like WaterNet and GWPSA to be established in other countries of the world as well. He further highlighted that if research led policies and strategies on integrated water resources management, demand driven training and education and awareness and understanding on freshwater resources are all to be realised, local and regional cooperation and collaboration provide a powerful model that needs to be internationally emulated and not be restricted to the Southern and Eastern African countries alone. This will allow the world to avoid a catastrophic water scarcity situation

The Welcome Cocktail

The evening of Wednesday, 28th October 2016 was reserved for a special welcome Cocktail for all delegates. The successful event was hosted by the Local Organising Committee.

Official closing

The Symposium was declared closed by the Pro Vice Chancellor (Planning & Resources), Associate Professor Thanika D Juwaheer, who thanked the WaterNet Executive Management for having chosen the University of Mauritius as the local partner to organise the Symposium in Mauritius, and congratulate all the participants for the success of the event.

15th SYMPOSIUM

The 15th WaterNet/ WARFSA/ GWP-SA Symposium, was successfully held at Sogecoa Golden Peacock hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi between the 29th and the 31st of October 2014.

The Symposium created a platform for water professionals to share advances in research and education related to the Integrated Water Resources Management by the family of water proffessionals concerned with the sustainable use of freshwater resources. The symposium has become the key annual event in water research in Eastern and Southern Africa, attracting on average 400 water professionals.  The 15th Symposium was held under the theme, “IWRM for harnessing socio-economic development in Eastern and Southern Africa”consisted of scientific presentations highlighting the latest research achievements as well as more general conceptual papers and special sessions. The University of Malawi was the lead host of the 15th Symposium, chaired by Prof Cosmo Ngongondo, Head of Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Malawi, Chancellor College.

Official Opening
The 15th Water Net /WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium was officially opened by the Malawi Minister of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development, Hon Dr Allan Chiyembekeza (MP)

The Welcome Cocktail
The evening of Wednesday, 30th October 2013 was reserved for a special welcome Cocktail for all delegates. The successful event was hosted by the Local Organising Committee.

Official closing
The Symposium official closing was also successful hosted by the Local Organizing Committee. The Symposium attracted over 300 delegates from 25 different countries in the SADC, East Africa, Europe and Asia. The Symposium was a great success thanks to the organisers, sponsors and delegates, with special thanks to the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Secretariat.

14th SYMPOSIUM

The 14th WaterNet/ WARFSA/ GWP-SA Symposium, was successfully held at Whitesands Hotel, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania - from 30 October to 1 November 2013!

 

The Symposium promoted interaction among policymakers, academicians, practitioners and key cooperating partners from water and related sectors. Together they identified regional issues, gaps and priorities that require further research and support. Great emphasis was placed on integration of knowledge, particularly involving scholars from the natural and social sciences. The University of Dar-es-Salaam (UDSM) Water Resources Engineering Department (WRED) was the lead host of the 14th Symposium under the chairmanship of the Waternet Professorial Chair in the department.

Official Opening
The 14th Water Net /WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium was officially opened by His Excellency, Dr Gharib Bilal, the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Present too were The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water  Eng. Bashir Mrindiko, who represented the Minister for Water and the Regional Commissioner of Dar Es Salaam was represented by Mr. Rugimbana - the District Commissioner of Kinondoni District.

The Welcome Cocktail
The evening of Wednesday, 30th October 2013 was reserved for a special welcome Cocktail for all delegates. The successful event was hosted by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam. The function was directed by Prof Damas Mashauri. The chairman of the LOC, Prof Felix Mtalo and Ms Ruth Beukman, the GWP-SA Regional Executive Secretary, gave welcoming remarks.

Official closing
The Symposium was officially closed by the Director of Water Resources – Eng. Hamza Sadiki on behalf of the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water Resources.

The Symposium attracted over 225 delegates from 25 different countries in the SADC, East Africa, Europe and Asia regions. The distinctly quiet and tranquil venue was hive of activity during the course of the Symposium. The Symposium was a great success thanks to the organisers, sponsors and delegates, with special thanks to the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Secretariat.

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